- From: John Russell <johnr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 07:44:34 +0100
Stephen Rainsbury wrote:
>www.agathoid.org.uk(remove this bit)
>"Ewan Scott" <ewanscott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> The whole point of Scouting is to develop a sense of Honour that makes us
>> all better citizens. Just this week the medical profession announced that
>> some ridiculous number of appointments made were missed by patients, the
>> trend to miss appointments being worst amongst the young. They do it
>> they haven't the slightest concept of keeping their word. Time we got back
>> to teaching that.
>I agree with your sentiments but I am not sure that this is a good teaching
I am so gobsmacked that you can say such a thing that I must be misreading
you! Isn't the whole point of Scouting, the single grand idea behind the
concept, that when kids buy into the game they are more ready to buy into
the message? And it works, it is a brilliant teaching medium! Of course,
you do actually have to have a message.
>Most of the 10-11 year olds are so convinced that winning is the most
>important thing that they won't stop to think about the "cheating". As far
>as they are concerned they are winners and as we all know winner are
Of course the kids want to win. We either give up and accept that the
pressure of the street is stronger, or we push the message that winning is
good, but winning by cheating is not winning, it's cheating and bad. That
is a clear concept, and it's easy to get over because it's what the kids
instinctively know - they know that cheating is bad, they just want a
leader/role model/friend to confirm it.
Getting back to the beginning of the thread, in games and activities that
need a blindfold we use neckers. I wouldn't dream of using anything else.
The necker is enough to be a reminder that they shouldn't be looking, and
the fact that it is not perfect is an opportunity to push the message. I
have kids stopping during the activity to tell me that they can see, which
gives me the opportunity to say "Just keep your eyes closed then. I trust
CSL 1st Pinhoe Exeter Devon
Cubs don't care how much you know, but they need to know how much you care.
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